Wellmade

Improving working conditions in your clothing supply chain

Fact sheet ‘Socially responsible public procurement of garments and textiles’

Do you buy clothing for a company or government? Are you interested in how the purchasing policies and practices organisations in the public and semi-public sector at the buying end of the supply chain can help to better working conditions for factory workers? Get yourself inspired by SOMO’s fact sheet.

This fact sheet  is all about what you can do improve global sustainability and human rights. It is SOMO’s fourth fact sheet in a series about labour conditions in the textiles and garments industry and focuses on Europe.

Read further for background information about labour standards as well as practical suggestions for purchasing organisations. Suggestions on how to issue human rights and sustainability into the  ‘Socially responsible public procurement’ (SRPP) policies and practices of SRPP are also included. And last but not least – learn more by studying an inspiring overview of interesting practices in SRPP, with examples from the Netherlands, Norway, and the US.

 

Fact Sheet Unsafe Garment Factory Buildings

This fact sheet is about fire and building safety of garment factories in low-wage countries – particularly in Asia. Over the past few years, hundreds of workers have died in fires and building collapses in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Cambodia. There is a long way to go before factory buildings are safe places for people to work. Governments and companies alike bear responsibility for the welfare of workers. This factsheet offers a number of suggestions for buying companies (buying houses, brands and retailers).

Factory checklist for CSR managers

This guide is designed for CSR and supply chain managers with some training in health & safety issues. It highlights some of the most common issues which can be detected during a relatively short factory visit. This guide can help support your formal audit procedures, but should never be used to ‘approve’ a factory or as a substitute for professional health & safety checks.

Fatal Fashion

Analysis of recent factory fires in Pakistan and Bangladesh: a call to protect and respect garment workers’ lives.

Chemicals use: cleaner textile processing

This factsheet together with the “Chemical Use: consumers and workers safety” factsheet informs you about the use of less hazardous chemicals and a safe and clean production for workers and the environment as well as safe products for the consumers. It provides you with information and concrete actions on chemicals use, especially in the production and treatment of yarn and fabrics.

Chemicals use: Consumers and workers safety

This factsheet together with the “Chemical Use: Cleaner textile pro-cessing” factsheet informs you about the use of less hazardous chemicals and a safe and clean production for workers and the environment as well as safe products for the consumers. It provides you with information and concrete actions on chemicals use, especially in the production and treat-ment of yarn and fabrics.